The good news about arthritis – it’s not as simple as you’ve been told…

October 31st, 2015

“…they found that it is very common for people to be walking around without any pain who have terrible joints!”   Western medicine is updating it’s understanding of why arthritis hurts – the answer is that they are not completely sure anymore. For most of the 20th century, the arthritis story was very simple.  The patient […]

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Try all your pain relief options before reaching for ibuprofen

July 31st, 2015

I try to avoid fear mongering on my posts but I have been feeling a growing moral pressure to tell the new ibuprofen story for some time.  After reading how long term higher dose ibuprofen use can have the same heart attack or stroke risk as Vioxx, the time felt right to update you all on the […]

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Menopause Symptoms – they just don’t have to be that bad, because menopause is not a disease

April 30th, 2015

I believe I have some good news for people struggling with this issue.  You don’t have to have the symptoms or at least the severity of the symptoms. I have met many women who feel quite trapped by the situation.  They feel trapped between the choice having a low quality of life or feeling better with HRT but then having an increase […]

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Eugene allergy season – acupuncture wins over antihistamines

March 31st, 2015

Hello, Willamette Valley folks!  Allergy season is is already creeping up on us, and our valley seems to be a tough area for this problem. One of my patients today mentioned how a family member had to leave Eugene simply because of severe seasonal allergies, despite trying all the available drug options.  I have heard several of these […]

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Try this simple way to reduce colitis, IBS, weight gain, metabolic syndrome.

February 27th, 2015

Emulsifiers may possibly be causing or promoting your symptoms, especially E466 (carboxymethylcellulose) and E433 (polysorbate-80).  See reference below. Research findings in mice do not always apply to humans, and good science needs to reproduced independently before coming to firm conclusions.  But the latest research about emulsifiers in food suggests such a simple, cost effective diet change […]

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Real acupuncture is often ignored in clinical research

January 31st, 2015

  When providers dive into the clinical research about acupuncture and pain, they find many papers that conclude acupuncture is simply a placebo. Yet what the papers are calling”real”, “true” or “verum” acupuncture is often not.  This post is a brief discussion about this issue, written for the lay person. Research often A./ oversimplifies the diagnosis and care that patients receive […]

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Autumn ~ Healthy choices to enhance longevity

September 30th, 2014

  Saying goodbye to summer and embracing the cold… There is a basic question that Chinese medicine tries to answer with all seasonal advice.  That is “How can I adapt to a new climate without draining my reserves?” Adapting to the change of season requires energy to be spent by our metabolism.  We may notice everyday examples […]

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Science behind acupuncture

August 5th, 2014

Here’s an example of the sort of technology one needs to understand acupuncture’s effect on the body –   The labels above each photo is the name of the acupuncture point, e.g. KI7 is “Kidney 7 (Fuliu).”  Red dots show where the point reduces brain activity, blue shows where brain activity is increased. The article […]

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Working with babies, children and young teens

August 1st, 2014

Treating children with the respect that an adult expects – Boundaries, guarding behaviors and earning a child’s permission to treat I treat young people experiencing a wide range in the intensity of their discomfort.  Sometimes its a straightforward orthopedic case – say repeated ankle fractures from skateboarding or muscle strain from athletic training.  They can present as forward […]

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Severe hayfever treated with great success

July 24th, 2014

Multiple techniques make patients more comfortable, sooner Some of my patients go through a lot of side effects with their allergy medication, for which the drug(s) does not work or at best only takes the edge off of the symptoms.  Fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, it just didn’t seem worth it for such little benefit.  They also report […]

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